Goa - Benaulim Beach

Benaulim Beach

According to Hindu mythology Goa was created when the sage Shri Parasurama, Lord Vishnu's sixth incarnation, fired an arrow into the sea from the top of the Western Ghats and ordered the waters to recede. The spot where the shaft fell to earth, known in Sanskrit as "Banali" and later corrupted by the Portuguese to Benaulim, lies in the center of Colva Beach, 7-km west of Margao.
 
The beach is a 2 km strach of sand and surf. A small river flows into the sea at the top of the village, below a broad spur of soft white sand, from where a dirt track strikes across an expanse of paddy fields towards Anjuna. The old red tiled fisherman's houses behind the dunes have long been swamped by gaudily lit bars, Tandoori terrace restaurants and handicraft shops, but one doesn't feel quite so hemmed in as in Calangute - Baga area.
 
Only a decade ago, this fishing and rice-farming village, scattered around the coconut groves and paddy fields between the main Colva-Mobor Road and the dunes, had barely made it onto the backpackers map. Now, the shady lane leading through it is studded with guesthouses and souvenir stalls while the paddy fields on the outskirts are gradually disappearing under a rash of gigantic luxury resorts and time-share apartment blocks. For the time being, however, this remains a peaceful and welcoming place to unwind.
 
Either side of the sand blown beachfront, the gently shelving sands shimmer away almost to the horizon, littered with photogenic wooden fishing boats that provide welcome shade if the walk from the palm trees to the sea gets too much. Hawkers, itinerant masseurs and fruit wallahs appear from time to time, but one can easily escape them by heading south towards neighboring Varca, where tourism has thus far made little impact.
 
Moreover, the sea is safe for swimming on quiet days, while the village itself boasts a few serviceable bars and restaurants, several telephone booths and a couple of stores.
 
Benaulim's proximity to Margao market, along with the presence of its Christian Fishing Community, means its restaurants serve one of the most succulent, competitively priced seafood in Goa. The most popular places to eat are the shack cafes in the beachfront area.
 



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However, one'll find better food at lower prices in the smaller terrace restaurants further along the beach and scattered around the village.  Ranged around this busy junction are two well stocked general stores, a couple of café bars, a bank, pharmacy, laundry and the taxi and auto rickshaw rank, from where one can pick up transport to the beach 2-km west.



Other Goa beaches
Anjuna, Arambol, Baga, Benaulim, Betalbatim, Calangute, Candolim, Cavelossim, Colva, Majorda, Mandrem, Morjim, Palolem, Panjim, Sinquerim, Vagator, Varca



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